Kelley Breiding - Band Leader, Vocalist
A native of NC, Kelley Breiding has been hailed by many as "the new queen of country music" and this "girl with the big voice" is ready to try and hold court. After a childhood of singing and playing the piano, it was only later on, when she began teaching herself guitar at 19, that music became her main focus. In 2001, Kelley began making a name for herself as an award winning Banjo player and member of the Old-Time band, Back-Step, and after forming Kelley and The Cowboys in 2005, quickly became known for her soaring voice as well. With a firm grasp on the old country standards, Kelley enjoys writing songs in that same tradition and whether she brings new or old songs to the jukebox, they all that have that hypnotic, timeless sound. Kelley has also performed with several well known artists such as Donna The Buffalo, Peter Rowan, and Deacon John, and has also shared the bill with Dale Watson, The Quebe Sisters, and Ralph Stanley. She was also nominated in 2013 for "Western Swing Female Vocalist of the year" by the Ameripolitan music awards of Austin, Texas.
Jimmy Tremor - Guitar
Jimmy Tremor's obsession with primitive Rock'n'Roll, Country and Blues goes back to his early childhood. By the time he was 3 years old, he was able to run the family portable record player, endlessly spinning his mother's copy of "Great Balls of Fire" by Jerry Lee Lewis. At 13, he began playing guitar,acquiring his first electric guitar and amplifier the next year. Jimmy began performing professionally in the late 1980's with Rocket 99 and made his recorded debut in the early 1990's with Ubangi Stomp, co-founding the Brain Drain Records label with his bandmates. In 2003, Jimmy, along with bassist Slim Perkins and Drummer Stretch Armstrong, formed the stalwart
North Carolina Rockabilly act The Tremors. As one of the cowboys, the rustic charm of Jimmy's guitar is the perfect compliment to Kelley's bluesy rendition of traditional country music.
Pat McGraw - Bass
Bass player Pat McGraw first took the stage in 1984 as part of a college "punk-pop" band. Now thirty years and many bands later, he still seeks to broaden his musical experience. An electric bass guitar player for most of those years, Pat started learning the nuances of the upright bass in 2002. He never looked back. The walking bass, swing style of Kelley and the Cowboys suits Pat just fine. Says Pat, "I was born in West Virginia. I reckon hillbilly music is just in my blood."
Steve-O Price - Drums
Steve-O Price has been on the scene for over 40 years playing drums with country and rock and roll acts across NC. With a great enthusiasm and refined technique he sends crowds flying around the dance floor every time.